8 west geo mover animation

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Thu Mar 18 2004 - 03:30:03 EST

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    About 20 AVIs to go through today from last nights observing ( 19east to
    24.5 west) , which yielded over two dozen geosats , including the Astra's ,
    Hotbirds and Amos duo ( 4 west)....many of which were imaged going into
    shadow.I also caught sight of a spin stabilised Meteosat bird at zero
    degrees.....which was much dimmer than the conventional "winged" sats
    
    Priority however is given to the mover at 8 west.
    The animation can  be found here..............
    http://mysite.freeserve.com/satcom_transits/8wmoverbw.gif
    I have left it at 4.5 mb in order to give as much detail as possible.
    It is made up of a selection of 10 second frames.FOV 30 arc minutes.
    
    On the right is 24209  1996-044B  Telecom 2D     ,   on the left (east)
    is
     26927  01042A     Atlantic Bird 2    . Above is the mover. (North is up )
    
    Notice how the mover , although in the same apparent position as Telecom 2D
    , goes into shadow some time before it....followed by AB2 then T2D
    
    Here's the camera log for the period covered , give or take a few
    seconds.... A quick search through Ted's Geolong programme provides no clues
    as to which bird this is , despite the accuracy of the images.I have not as
    yet looked at recent launches.
    
    Could this be the same object as observed on Feb 21st 2004 I wonder? ( See
    http://mysite.freeserve.com/satcom_transits/object.gif )
    
    
    John.
    
    
    
    
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